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NFL Breaking News: Philadelphia Eagles agree to sign safety Rodney McLeod

Free agency is yet to even officially begin, but the Eagles continue to be extremely active in re-working their roster.  The latest deal to


Free agency is yet to even officially begin, but the Eagles continue to be extremely active in re-working their roster.  The latest deal to be announced prior to the start of the new NFL year is another much-needed addition to the secondary that was arguably the team’s biggest roster need entering the off-season.  Rodney McLeod, having entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia, has been a full-time starter at safety for the Rams the past three seasons, as perhaps one of the most under-rated and under-heralded piece of both an excellent secondary and defense as a whole.  He’s now moving to Philly, with reports that he will sign a five-year deal that will be worth up to $37 million, and includes $17 million in guaranteed money.   McLeod will join Malcolm Jenkins at the position for the Eagles, whose contract they extended a few weeks back, as well as recent signing Leodis McKelvin who joined via the Bills.  Brandon Maxwell is of course already on the move to the Dolphins, and Walter Thurmond may also not be back.   Despite playing all four years in the ACC with Virginia, no-one selected McLeod in the 2012 draft.  After impressing as a backup and special teamer as a rookie for the Rams, he earned the starting free safety role the following year, and quickly developed a reputation as one of the hardest hitting safeties in the league.  He finished his 2015 season with 82 total tackles (a career high), an interception, four pass break ups and three forced fumbles.  It’s a high investment that Roseman and the Eagles are making, but while he is not a household name, has earned his opportunity for a big deal.  Philly fans will be hoping he continues to play at a high standard now that he’s cashed in on his second NFL contract.  

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Rebecca Rennie

Hello all, I'm Rebecca, also going by Bex, and I am the RealSport College Football Editor, as well as writer and NFL Draft analyst.  I also edit other sports including the CFL, cycling and golf, while occasionally contributing to the NFL section as well.  I'm a fan of most sports and enjoy discussing with fellow fans, so do please comment on articles and interact.  A big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of the Central Florida Knights in college.

NFL Breaking News: Philadelphia Eagles agree to sign safety Rodney McLeod

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